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Bergenheim plays 13 minutes, gets an assist

Sean Bergenheim, who missed 16 games on injured reserve, played Tuesday night for the first time since suffering a rib injury Dec. 8 against Philadelphia.

In a corresponding roster move, defenseman Brendan Witt was placed on IR (retroactive to Jan. 8) with a calf injury.

"I'm really, really anxious," Bergenheim said before Tuesday night's 6-0 victory over Detroit, in which he played nearly 13 minutes and assisted on the final goal of the game by Bruno Gervais. "It's been five weeks, but it certainly felt longer. I'm just happy to be back and happy to get the chance to help the team, especially against a team like Detroit.

"Conditioning-wise, I feel really good. I'm happy with the work we've done to prepare. I'll just try to bring a high-tempo game, speed, and some net drive. That's what the team needs right now."

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Before the game, John Tavares reacted to news of Ed Jovanovski's suspension.

The league announced Monday night that Jovanovski would be suspended two games for the blow he delivered to Tavares' head in the first period of Saturday's 5-4 shootout win over Phoenix.

"It really doesn't bother me. I don't think he's a guy that attempts to hurt people. I think it was mostly just a reaction," Tavares said.

During the game, Jovanovski was given a five-minute major for elbowing and a game misconduct.

When Scott Gordon was asked whether he was satisfied with the supplementary discipline, he responded with a "No comment."

Nate Thompson was scratched to accommodate Bergenheim's return to the lineup. Jeff Tambellini and Martin Biron were also healthy scratches. Goaltender Rick DiPietro backed up starter Dwayne Roloson.

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